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Elaine Belva Champion Nesselroade
  • September 26, 1942
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  • September 18, 2017

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Mrs. Elaine Belva Champion Nesselroade left quietly for her final home on Monday morning, September 18, 2017.  Elaine was the daughter of Clair Elwood Champion and Dorothy Marie Leeds Champion of Port Republic, NJ.  She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Kenneth Nesselroade; two sons, Paul (Cheryl) and Daniel (Marcy); two sisters, Ruth Ann Champion (Jack) Hirons of Muncie, IN and Lois Marie Champion (Carl) Waggoner of Lancaster, OH; one brother, Paul Robert (Melanie) Champion of Port Republic, NJ and six grandchildren, Emma, Andrew, Ellie, Sarah, Maggie and Lisa. Elaine, called to work with children, prepared herself to teach with degrees from Asbury University (BA) and Eastern Michigan University (MA).  She loved and taught children over the years.  Composed of a rare sweetness, Elaine served well alongside her husband in pastoral ministry for 45 years.  A member of The Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community, Elaine served wherever asked including eight wonderful years as an assistant chaplain.  She is sorely missed, greatly loved and ecstatic with joy in her new “forever” heavenly home. The Memorial Service for Elaine will be held October 14th, 2017 at 10:15 AM at the Village Church at Shell Point, Fort Myers, FL. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to Asbury University and noted,”Nesselroade Memorial Scholarship Fund”, 1 Macklem Drive, Wilmore, KY 40390


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  1. 02 Nov 2017
    David and JoAnn Willett says:
    We have only good memories of Elaine's quiet, kind attitude. We are so sorry for your loss.

  2. 13 Oct 2017
    Andrew Schaeffer says:
    Because He lives we too shall be with Him forever. May this living hope sustain you and bring you much comfort. Praying for you. Andrew and Esther Schaeffer

  3. 11 Oct 2017
    Rich and Patty Cavener says:
    Dear Ken, Paul and Danny,

    So sorry for your loss. We both loved Elaine dearly. MayGodbe your comfort.

  4. 11 Oct 2017
    Kari lit a candle:
    Lit since October 11, 2017 at 10:46:56 PM

  5. 11 Oct 2017
    Lisa (Willauer ) McGovern says:
    Pastor Ken and Family,
    All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Elaine was 1 of my 3 preschool teachers and a Sunday school teacher at Smeltzer Road Alliance Church here in Marion, Ohio.
    Elaine will be missed but I know that I will see her again one day.

  6. 01 Oct 2017
    Nancy Nesselroade Kent says:
    Elaine was a wonderful sister-in-law, true friend, and positive role model of a godly wife and mother. I loved her greatly and will miss her sweet spirit.

  7. 29 Sep 2017
    Barb Clayton says:
    We have such great memories of our time with you guys out in Jersey! Elaine was such a special friend to me, and to know she is safe with Jesus is such a blessing, but sad to not have her here.

    Love and prayers.

  8. 29 Sep 2017
    Victoria Champion says:
    So very sorry for your loss. She was and will remain in our hearts a kind, and wonderful woman.

  9. 29 Sep 2017
    kateandharrytaylor says:
    Our sympathy and prayers for the family. Kate and Harry Taylor

  10. 28 Sep 2017
    Darlene Cain Smith says:
    Elaine was my high school and college roommate. We had wonderful times...she was always sweet and kind...a great example of a Christian young person!

  11. 28 Sep 2017
    Ruth Champion Hirons says:
    Elaine was my precioius sister. She was always kind and loving to all. She was born in our parents home in Port Republic,NJ. My first memory is of seeing her soon after her birth, I cherish her memory in my heart. She is with Jesus and our parents!!

  12. 28 Sep 2017
    Robe & Jo Ann says:
    Dear Ken & family, Robe & I are so sorry but also so happy that Elaine is in the Lords hands now Our prayers are with you!

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